The Oakland Athletics are paying a visit to Guaranteed Rate Field to square off against the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports – California will be televising this AL matchup and the opening pitch will be at 8:10 p.m. ET.
Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox Odds
Oddsmakers are listing Oakland (-140) as the favorite over Chicago (+130). Bettors can gamble on the game’s total with odds sitting at even money (+100) for over 10 runs and -120 for under 10. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds standing at Athletics -1.5 runs (+105) and White Sox +1.5 runs (-125).
The White Sox are only 24-49 straight up (SU) and 35-37 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 16.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 8.3 units (ATS). The Athletics have gone 38-36 SU this year and are 34-39 ATS. In total, the team’s accumulated 1.1 units for moneyline bettors, but have lost 5.7 units ATS.
Chicago games have had an over/under record of 28-39-5 so far in 2018. Oakland has an over/under record of 35-34-4.
The right-handed Chris Bassitt is getting the start for Oakland. Bassitt (0-2, 2.45 ERA) has recorded nine strikeouts in 11 innings so far. He has yet to face the White Sox this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.
The White Sox will send righty Lucas Giolito (4-7, 7.19 ERA) to the mound. Giolito has 40 strikeouts and 45 walks to his name, as well as a 1.64 WHIP. Giolito did not record a start against the Athletics in 2017.
Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starters own a 4.37 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 6.59 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.43, along with a K-per-9 of 8.55.
The Athletics offense has slashed .241/.313/.417 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).
Second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien continue to lead Oakland’s hitters. Lowrie is slashing .285/.344/.476 with 11 home runs, 47 RBIs and 30 runs scored. Semien (.257/.312/.386) has produced seven homers, 29 RBIs and 43 runs scored.
In the home-team dugout, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 5.1 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 5.28, a WHIP of 1.47 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.4. The bullpen has a 3.88 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 9.4 K/9.
The Chicago offense has put up 3.7 runs per contest, including 2.4 per game over its last 10 games and 2.2 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .194/.244/.279 over its last five matchups and is 0-5 SU during that span.
The White Sox hitters have been led by first baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez. Abreu is slashing .281/.334/.495 with 11 home runs, 42 RBIs and 36 runs scored, and Sanchez’s line sits at .256/.306/.402 with four homers, 29 RBIs and 28 runs scored.
The Athletics have gained 4.5 units and are 21-26 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 24 of those games, as opposed to 21 that’ve gone under against righty starters. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 13.6 units and are 26-29 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 20 of those games, compared to 30 that’ve cashed the under.
Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox MLB Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – OVER
The over has cashed in six of Oakland’s last seven games.
Chicago has recorded 15.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 15.0 over its last five.
The Athletics have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
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